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Grants Available for Energy Resiliency

William Opalka

Massachusetts has created the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative, a $40 million grant program intended to help ensure energy resiliency at critical facilities . State funding will be made available to cities and towns that identify the facilities in their community where loss of electrical service would result in disruption of critical public safety functions,   …Continue Reading


$80M Geothermal Energy Plant Serves Ball State University

Linda Hardesty

Ball State University in Indiana is retiring its four coal-fired boilers after almost 70 years of use and replacing them with a district closed geothermal energy system. The $80 million geothermal project – consisting of 3,600 boreholes – will heat and cool 47 buildings on campus. The changeover takes the school from consuming about 36,000   …Continue Reading


Canadian Solar Opens Microgrid Testing Center

Linda Hardesty

Guelph, Ontario is making a name for itself as a microgrid and district energy center. Last week, Canadian Solar opened the Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Centre, which will focus on micro-grid testing and design as well as smart grid assessment services. The testing facility, partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, will be located   …Continue Reading


Veolia, Wheelabrator Extend Steam Supply Agreement

Linda Hardesty

Veolia Energy North America has extended its 28-year partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies, a renewable waste-to-energy company with operations in Baltimore since 1985. The steam generated by renewable energy at Wheelabrator’s Baltimore facility supplies nearly 50 percent of the steam Veolia delivers through its central Baltimore district energy system. Wheelabrator converts post-recycled everyday household waste from   …Continue Reading


Canadian Town Builds District Energy Network

Linda Hardesty

A new high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph, Ontario, is the first step toward building a city-wide district energy network. Guelph has announced a plan for an interconnected thermal grid to serve industrial, commercial and residential buildings across the city. The first of many planned district energy facilities began operating   …Continue Reading


Is the Grid Ready for Distributed Resources?

William Opalka

The utility industry’s research arm has started studies of the rapid rise of distributed energy resources (DER) and how best to integrate them into the grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is studying the transformation of the electric power grid brought about by large numbers of rooftop solar panels and high tech microgrids. Few   …Continue Reading


Duluth May Update Downtown’s Central Heating

William Opalka

A centralized plant that uses water from Lake Superior to heat 180 downtown Duluth buildings is due for an upgrade. The plant, which has operated for 81 years, draws frigid lake water to be heated by a coal-fired furnace and then pipes steam to downtown businesses. The plant is inspired by a similar system in   …Continue Reading


Steam Plant Sends 15.8 MW to GM Factory

Linda Hardesty

General Motors and Detroit Renewable Energy (DRE) are working together to turn solid municipal waste from Metro Detroit into process steam that will be used to heat and cool portions of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. When the project is operational, 58 percent of the GM plant’s energy needs will come from renewable energy, making Detroit-Hamtramck   …Continue Reading


Manchester UK Goes Geothermal

Linda Hardesty

GT Energy has started work on the next phase of a geothermal project, which will supply energy directly to a local district heating system in Manchester, England. Detailed geological evaluations will be undertaken by GT Energy to produce thermal models of the Devonshire Street site in the Ardwick area, enabling the firm to complete final designs   …Continue Reading


Texas A&M, District Energy St. Paul Among Honorees for District Energy

Linda Hardesty

The International District Energy Association recently gave 11 organizations awards for district energy. Selected by an international panel of experts, nine international entities received Awards of Excellence and two received Special Awards for Innovation and Integration of Renewable Energy, as follows: Awards of Excellence: Texas A&M University (pictured); Aberdeen Heat & Power in Aberdeen, Scotland;   …Continue Reading


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